Barnsley woman remortgages home in hunt for missing dog
A desperate dog owner has remortgaged her South Yorkshire home to put up a £10,000 reward for her stolen pet.
Dawn Maw's life has been put on hold since Angel, a German short-haired pointer, was snatched while out walking her in Cawthorne, Barnsley in December.
The 42-year-old has spent more than £13,000 in the hunt for the dog and has not been to work since she was stolen, taking unpaid leave.
Mrs Maw said: "The only way I will stop is when I get Angel home."
A married mother, Mrs Maw has spent £3,000 putting up 15,000 posters and handing out 35,000 business cards about missing Angel.Blood samples
She has also spent money on hiring a private pet detective agency and travelling all over the country to potential sightings.
But despite her attempts, there has been no trace of the four-year-old dog, which she bought for £700 as an eight-week-old puppy.
"The reward I was offering at first was £3,000. That was made up of my own money and contributions from friends," she said.
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"I bought Angel to be part of the family and that means having her from being a puppy until the day she dies”
"I decided I needed to offer more money because unfortunately money attracts people and if that's what it takes then that's what I'm prepared to do."
Mrs Maw said she had remortgaged the family home in Barnsley by extending her mortgage term by five years.
"I can't understand why people say that's a lot of money to spend on finding a dog.
"A dog is not a commodity, I didn't buy Angel to throw her away.
"I bought Angel to be part of the family and that means having her from being a puppy until the day she dies."
Angel has competed at Crufts as well as being a working gun dog.
She has been microchipped and there are blood samples from her relatives for DNA identification and is recognisable by her long white tail.'Quick buck'
Mrs Maw, who works at the Department of Work and Pensions, was out walking Angel and her three other dogs on 6 December when she was stolen.
She said: "I was putting one of the other dogs in the car and I looked round and Angel had gone.
"I went into some nearby fields to look for her and when I looked back I saw a white Transit van driving off.
"I think she was stolen to make a quick buck in the pub.
"No-one will be able to show her because I have her papers and she can't breed because she's been spayed.
"I won't stop until I've got her home or I'm told she's dead. I can't just forget about her."
South Yorkshire Police confirmed they were investigating theft of the dog.